A Guide to the Game of Football
Association football, also called simply football, is an organized sport played between a rectangular ball and two teams of eleven players each. It’s played by about 250 million people in more than 200 different countries and dependencies, making it by far the most popular sport in the world. The game is extremely popular throughout Europe and is a well-known non-profit sport that has been shown to reduce heart disease and increase lifespan. Many people have tried to play the game but it is mainly played by the professionals.
Association football games are played in three distinct phases. First, there is the pre-season phase where teams are preparing for the World Cup tournament sometime in the spring or fall. The second phase is the Clausura (which means “season” in Spanish) season which runs from November to April. The third and last phase is the Clausura Superclasico, also known as the “Clash” season which is held at the end of June and beginning of July. During this time, all World Cup teams as well as various national and international side clubs play against each other in what are known as “clashes”.
Youth soccer, which is a less organized form of football than what we see in professional games, also exists in the United States and Europe. Youth soccer players learn the basics of kicking a ball using their feet. As they do so, they learn the skills of passing and dribbling the ball using their legs, while making sure that it doesn’t touch any other part of their body until the ball is kicked into the goal.
As football and soccer continue to be such popular sports, especially in America, interest in them continues to grow. There are many American Football Association teams and soccer leagues, both domestic and abroad. In addition, football is one of the most frequently attended sports at college and universities.
National and local teams often form and promote their own professional soccer organizations. Many of these teams are based at schools, colleges and universities. Most of these teams are made up of players who have the same love for the game as their coach. As a result, many of these players develop a true friendship with all of their teammates. College and university football are also a huge industry in the United States, particularly within the professional football fields.
Another type of soccer competition is the rectangular field game. Rectangular field games are played for a fixed length of time, generally with two fifteen-minute halves. Two teams sit on opposite ends of a long rectangular field with goal posts in the center. Each team consists of eleven players including two goalkeepers.